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Removal of blind man, dog from Pa. flight probed

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 12:41pm  ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- US Airways says it is investigating the removal of a blind man and his service dog from a flight at Philadelphia International Airport.

WPVI-TV ( ) says Albert Rizzi, who is legally blind, says he was told that his guide dog had to stay under a seat during Wednesday night's flight to Long Island.

Rizzi said the dog became restless after a flight delay and curled up under his legs, and he was told that the plane would have to turn around if it wasn't under a seat.

Airline spokeswoman Liz Landau says Rizzi was not controlling the agitated dog. She says Rizzi became verbally abusive, and the crew decided to remove him.

US Airways told WPVI that other passengers also became argumentative, sparking safety concerns.

The flight was eventually cancelled, and Rizzi and some other passengers accepted a US Airways offer to transport passengers by bus to Islip, N.Y.

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